Dirty Cocoa Mouth!
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
When we attempt to live our lives according to God’s standards and not our own, we are called to live at a higher standard.
Every moment of the day we are faced with the choice to use our mouths for good or for evil, sometimes we slip up and things come out that we deeply regret. It is our responsibility to ask the Holy Spirit to continuously help us to guard what comes out of our mouths.
The Holy Spirit’s job is to lead us into all truth, meaning that he will show us when we have deviated from the truth of God’s word.
Pro 21:23 He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.
Pro 18:21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Psalm 141:3 Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.
Pro 4:24 Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
Above are a few of the verses about the power that our tongue has to set the course of our lives. We have to choose continuously to guard our lips from saying things that could potentially harm another person. This is often hard to do as we find ourselves with words that flow way faster than our brains often do.
The following is an excerpt from an apology letter that was written from a dear friend of mine. I thought that it absolutely conveyed the thoughts of most of us. I am sure that you will be able to relate to her words…
Open mouth. Insert foot.
Do you ever have one of those moments where you open your mouth…
(need I say more?) Should I say more? should I say, “I” instead of “YOU”?
I open my mouth at which point I might just as well insert my foot, because anything else coming OUT of the mouth won’t be much better than stinky feet.
To make matters worse, there’s a little voice inside my head saying, “DON’T!!!! Don’t go down that path!”
But, I choose to ignore it. Open mouth. Insert foot.
The words come pouring forth. The path widens before me like a candy, chocolate covered wonderland, and for a moment looks just as delicious. As I finish my first sentence and taste the words, some how they don’t taste as good as I thought. The proverbial “eyes were bigger than my stomach” well, this time my tongue was bigger than my heart!
Although my heart meant well, I choose to turn a deaf ear to the still small voice and venture on. The candy melts on the end of my tongue like mud drips off an icicle on the back of your car. Not sweet. Not chocolate. Not edifying.
Now the words are out. I chose the path. I have to find my way back.
Silence. Apology. Those would be good options, but, instead I choose to talk on.
Open mouth, change feet.
In attempts to repair the damages, to spit out the melted mud that I once thought would taste like chocolate, I find that the lollipop I thought I was licking is really just a piece of dry wool.
Mouth now full of lint and dirt, I might as well change the subject, because there is no repairing this.
In our attempts to fix our little broken worlds, and speaks words of kindness, we some how seem to make matters worse. All our attempts at kindness are broken or at best come from cracked pots. Sometimes the crack is just a little too close to the bottom where the years of dirt have accumulated and once in a while some dirt gets out on others. We try to hide the cracks…try to turn the vessel around so people see the “pretty side.” But, from time to time we get twisted around, and the cracks show, and sometimes, the sludge at the bottom comes out.
At this point in the letter came the apology, and as you can see it was definitely heart felt.
I pray that you to would allow the Holy Spirit within you to reveal to you when you have let your mouth run off with words that you later regret; that you will humble yourself and ask him to forgive you for using your mouth in a way that does not edify the other person. I pray that you would also go to that other person and ask them to forgive you for using your words to bring harm to them.
Practicing this principle of guarding your mouth will bring you much peace and joy in your life.
So the next time you are tempted to let your mouth run wild, please remember these great words, and listen to the Holy Spirit’s prompting. That way you will not have to go and apologize for having a Dirty Cocoa Mouth.
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